Saturday, January 29, 2011

CONTEST and guest blog with Paige Tyler!!


Thanks so much for letting me guest blog today!

Readers often ask me how I come up with ideas for my books, so I thought I'd give you a little behind-the-scenes peek at how I came up with my new release, a paranormal erotic romance from Ellora's Cave called DEAD SEXY

Before I say anything else though, isn't that cover too hot for words?!  When the art department sent it to me, I probably gazed at it for a good ten minutes in mouth-drooling appreciation before I could email them back telling the artist it not only rocked, but totally fit the book.  The hero is "Dead Sexy," after all! 

Okay, back to the story and how I came up with it.  First, to set the stage, I need to share a little something with you about myself.  Well, about my hubby and me, actually.  We love zombie movies, from the George Romero gems to Shaun of the Dead and everything in between, including "Walking Dead," the new series on AMC.  You just can't go wrong with  a movie full of walking dead people, can you?  Well, if you've ever seen a zombie movie (or even you haven't), then you know the creatures aren't the heroes of the film.  I mean, how can they be, right?  They're all dead and decayed and downright unattractive, not to mention pretty damn scary.  Which was why you can imagine my surprise when my hubby suggested I write an erotic romance about a zombie hero.  I was like, you're kidding, right?  What woman in her right mind would fall in love with a dead guy?  No way could that possibly work, or so I thought.

Turns out, my hubby wasn't kidding.  In fact, he started working up ideas for the story.

"The hero didn't have to be a zombie all the time," he told me. "Think outside the box - take a little literary license!"

Okay, I thought. I suppose I could be open minded.  

My hubby told me that in his out-of-the-box world, the hunky hero got cursed by an evil Voodoo priestess and only turns into a zombie sometimes.  

"I'm listening," I said. 

"And when he does go zombie, he doesn't have to be like the kind in the movies," my hubby added.  "Well, he has to look like one, you know all dead and stuff, but he doesn't have to be a mindless creature or attack humans or eat anything gross."

So, brains are completely out, thanks goodness!

"Think Jensen Ackles or Jared Padelecki, with a really, really, really dark tan - (yes, my hubby knows I've got a thing for the Supernatural hunks!) - well, maybe more gray and black than tan, but you get the idea."

I thought about that for a minute.  "So, the hero's dead, but he's still sexy, is that what you're saying?"

"Exactly," he said, giving me a grin as my eyes lit up with understanding.

By that point, my hubby had pretty much sold me on the idea.  Of course, I knew if I ran with it, I was going to have to sell it to a publisher, and I knew that could be tough since the hero is a zombie. But I ran with it anyway and ended up with a full-length novel.  And it came out pretty damn good, if I do say so myself!  I still had to find a publisher for it, though. 

About this same time, It just so happens that several of my other books were in the process of being picked up by Ellora's Cave and I thought what the heck?  Why not pitch it to my editor there and see what she thinks?  So I did, and she told me to send it to her.  She was interested to see how I handled the whole zombie-thing.  Well, long story, short, she liked it.  A lot!  My zombie romance with it's dead-sexy hero had a home!  I was thrilled and my hubby walked around for a week with a smug, "I-told-you-so" look on his face.

I've been getting the word out there about DEAD SEXY ever since I signed the contract for it and I'm thrilled with the interest from readers who can't wait to get their hands on it!  I can't wait for them to read it, too!  

Now that I've revealed the story behind the story, I thought I'd share the blurb and an excerpt just to whet your appetite for more!


Romance author Simone Kent thinks she might just have found the most perfect guy in all of New York City - in bed and out. But Drake Parrish is about as far from perfect as any man can get. Eight years ago, he was cursed by an evil Voodoo priestess to live part of his life as a zombie. Since then, he has lived like a recluse on New York’s Upper East Side, afraid to go out for fear he’ll suddenly turn into one of the walking dead.
The sex is the hottest either of them has ever experienced and Simone discovers just how naughty she can be with Drake, while he finds himself feeling things for her that he hasn’t felt in a very long time. When the Voodoo priestess learns of their relationship, however, she comes after him again. She is determined to make sure he won’t have a future with Simone, even if that means killing both him and the woman he loves.


As she led him up the steps to the second floor, Drake found himself wondering if she would ask him in. And wondering what he’d say if she did. When they came to a stop outside the door to her apartment, Simone turned to give him a smile.
“I had a great time tonight.”
“Me, too.”
She caught her bottom lip between her perfect white teeth and chewed on it thoughtfully as if unsure what she wanted to say next. It was probably an unconscious gesture, something she did whenever she was thinking, but to him, it was sexy as hell and all he could think about was kissing her.
Surely, one kiss couldn’t hurt. He desperately wanted to. He hadn’t kissed a woman in so long. It would be nice to see if he still remembered how.
Before he could stop himself, Drake tilted Simone’s face up to his and pressed his mouth to hers.
She tasted just as sweet and delicious as he thought she would. Her lips were soft and pliant under his as she kissed him back, her tongue eagerly seeking his out.
Drake groaned and slid his hand into her hair, deepening the kiss. Simone sighed into his mouth, running her hands up the front of his shirt to grasp his shoulders. The feel of her touch was like a tonic to his deprived soul and he let out another groan, deeper this time.
He ran his free hand up her side and around to her breast, cupping it through the soft material of her dress. He couldn’t stop himself and apparently, Simone didn’t want him to. She moaned and arched against him. He could feel the heat of her pussy through their clothes as she pressed up against his hard cock. Damn, she felt good.
Drake drew her bottom lip into his mouth and gently suckled on it before slowly kissing his way along the delicate curve of her jaw. Simone clutched his shoulders and tilted her head back. He eagerly trailed a path of hot kisses down her neck, then back up, his mouth finding hers again. Simone looped her arms around his neck, pulling him in even closer as their tongues met.
Down the hall, a door slammed, reminding him where they were.
Drake dragged his mouth away from hers, his breathing ragged as he tried to regain control. He had to get it together because he was about five seconds away from doing something really stupid. Like taking her to bed. “I should go.”
Her lips curved into a sexy, flirtatious smile. “Or you could stay.”
God, how he wanted to. But as much as he’d love to spend the rest of the night exploring every inch of her body, he couldn’t take the chance he might go zombie on her right in the middle of sex. Talk about coitus interruptus, And it had already been almost four days since he last turned, which meant he was already pushing his luck.
“You don’t know how much I want to,” he groaned. “But I can’t.”
Simone looked up at him with those big, blue eyes. “Why not?”
“Because I…” He hesitated, trying to come up with something that would sound believable. “I have a column due in the morning and I haven’t even started on it yet.” She knew all about deadlines, so she would understand that. Besides, he did have a column to write, it just wasn’t due until next week. “Rain check?”
She looked disappointed, but she smiled anyway. “Absolutely. How does coming over for dinner tomorrow night sound?”
It would be crazy to agree when he could be so close to having an episode, but he couldn’t say no. Not when she asked in that soft, sultry voice. “Sounds great.”
“Good. Be here at seven.”
“Seven it is.”
She pulled him down for another long, slow kiss on the mouth. “Don’t be late.”
His mouth twitched. “I won’t.” He bent his head to kiss her again, then groaned. “If I don’t go now, I’ll be here all night.”
Simone laughed. “Would that be such a bad thing?”
“Not to me, but my editor at Money Issues might not be too understanding when he doesn’t find my column sitting in his inbox tomorrow.”
She sighed. “Deadlines can be a real pain in the butt sometimes. Okay, go home and write your column. I’ll cuddle up with a bowl of ice cream instead.”
He chuckled. “Sounds better than taking a cold shower, which is what I’m going to be doing when I get home.” He closed his mouth over hers once more. “See you tomorrow night, beautiful.”
Resisting the urge to pull her into his arms again, Drake turned and walked down the hallway toward the stairwell. At the top of the steps, he glanced over his shoulder to see Simone standing where he’d left her, a sexy curve to her lips.
It took every ounce of strength he possessed not to go back and pin her against the door for one more long, lingering kiss. God, what he wouldn’t give to spend the night with her. Man, it was going to take more than a cold shower to get her out of his head.

Hope you enjoyed the excerpt and that you can't wait to read more! You can get DEAD SEXY from Ellora's Cave at http://www.jasminejade.com/ps-8917-50-dead-sexy.aspx

You can also check out the trailer here!

If you decide to pick up DEAD SEXY, let me know how you like it!

CONTEST ALERT – One lucky commenter (winner chosen at random) will win a copy of Good Cop, Bad Girl – so bring on the comments!


Tina Donahue said...

What a wonderful story premise, Paige, and another smokin' hot story from you!!! :)

kittykelly28 said...

I love the idea for this! :) It just seems like a fun story! :)

kittykelly28 @ hotmail.com

Paris said...

Paige, that cover is soooo hot! To be perfectly honest, I've never thought of zombies as being at all sexy until I read your premise and your excerpt! I think that you've managed to change my mind:)

Paige Tyler said...

Tina - Thanks so much! It was such a fun story to write!

Kelly - Thanks! It really is! Drake and Simone are amazing together!

Paris - I love the cover, too! And I'm so glad to hear I've changed your mind about zombies because Drake is one zombie who makes dead, sexy!


Terra Pennington said...

Hey Paige,

I really need to move Dead Sexy up on my reading list. You go girl. Love your works and the covers are hot.


Anonymous said...

Hey Paige,

As I said on your blog (I think it was), a zombie romance would NEVER have crossed my mind. However, this sounds really interesting and that smokin' hot cover doesn't hurt either. LOL



Sarah J. McNeal said...

Paige, I think it is so great that your husband helped you work out the details of your story. I certainly never would have entertained the idea of a zombie for a hero. Sensational cover, too. I wish you the very best.

Cara Bristol said...

If anyone can make a zombie sexy, you can, Paige!

Teresa K. said...


I think it's mighty sexy that your husband is right behind you on your writing. And he supports you enough to give you ideals.

Congratulations on this new book.


Ria Cruz said...

Zombie romance...it sounds like it shouldn't work but knowing Ms. Tyler it will be super hot. Can't wait to read it. She never disappoints.

jenn m said...

great excerpt :)


Willa Edwards said...

Its so sweet Paige, that your husband helps you with ideas. I might need a clone ;)

The excerpt is great. The book looks awesome. Can't wait to get my copy.

flchen1 said...

I have to say that before hearing about Paige's story, I don't think I would have considered a zombie hero--but that Drake sounds like one sexy guy!

Christina R. said...

That cover is hot. Will definitely have to get a copy of that.


Rawiya said...

That is an awesome story line. I will definitely be putting it on my reading list!

Yummy excerpt as well! CONGRATS!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely LOVE the unique story idea, Paige!! And youre right, that cover is HOT!

Wishing you great sales!
Hugs, Kari Thomas

Harlie Reader said...

Bought it, downloaded it, now need to read it. Thanks for sharing the excerpt. Lord that cover is hot.


Hales said...

I love it! Now I just need to buy it or win it!!!!

cheralyn said...

Sounds interesting. Great cover!

Estella said...

Super cover!

What a different premise. Sounds great.

Jacki C. said...

I'm downloading the story as soon as I finish here.

Mindy said...

Hi Paige :)
I think I'm in love with your cover for Dead Sexy 8D
The excerpt ROCKS!, I love how Drake is trying to figure out how to have a potential relationship with his being a part time zombie.

Mindy :)

Judy said...

Love that cover!! Zombies that look like that:)
Really looks like a hot read.


Redameter said...

Well, I would say that you and your husband have a stretched imagintion. The cover is very nicely done, and I wish you all the luck in the world.

Love and blessings

Paige Tyler said...

Terra - LOL! Thank you so much! Hope you enjoy it! Let me know how you like it!

Liz - It hadn't crossed mine, either! LOL! I'm glad my hubby suggested it!

Sarah - Me, too! He's so creative and supportive! Thanks so much!

Cara - LOL! Thanks!

Ria - Thank you so much! I'm so flattered you like my books! You totally have to let me know how you like DEAD SEXY after you read it!

Jenn - Thanks!

Flchen - Drake definitely makes dead, sexy! LOL!

Rawiya - Yay! Thanks so much! I'm so flattered! Let me know how you like it!

Kari - Thanks so much!

Harlie - I'm so super flattered! Thank you so much for picking it up! I think you'll totally fall in love with Drake! Let me know how you like it!

Hales - Thanks so much!

Cheralyn - Thanks!

Estella - Thanks!

Jacki - I'm so flattered! Thanks so much! Let me know how you like it!

Mindy - Thank you so much! I love the cover, too! And being a part-time zombie makes things very interesting!

Judy - All zombies should look like that, right?! LOL! Thanks!

Rita - Thanks!


jessica said...

Paige, your book sounds awesome. I loved the excerpt. What inspired you to write stuff in that genre? The cover looks pretty yummy too!

jessangil at gmail dot com

Paige Tyler said...

Jessica - Thanks so much! I love writing paranormal romance, but my hubby gave me the idea about the zombie hero. I'm so glad I took his advice and ran with it!


Anonymous said...

Hi Paige!

Congratulations on the new book!

Wow, I never thought that a zombie could heighten my imagination. He is dead to feelings and emotions, so I thought. But the cover - SEXY!!!

This book is definitely going on my wish list. I want to know what is in store for Simone and Drake.

Your husband came up with a great story plot. Thank you for listening to his ideas and creating a very unique stroy.

Sum up my thoughts in three words: sexy, scorching, and cliffhanging!

mysterious_lady68 at yahoo dot com

stacey said...

I love Zombie movies Two.Never read one as a Hero But I always love Diffrent and this sounds like a Good Diffrent.

Gabrielle Lee said...

I love the idea in this book. Can't wait to check this one out.

Jane Thompson said...

I can't wait to read your book it sounds very exciting!

Paige Tyler said...

Lisa - Thank you so much! I'm so thrilled you're intrigued by the premise! It really is a fun, sexy, emotional story, and Drake is one of my favorite heroes! I'm glad I listened to my hubby, too! He always has such great ideas! Let me know how you like DEAD SEXY!

Stacey - Yay! It really is different. Kind of a Beauty and the Beast thing!

Gabrielle - Thanks so much! Let me know how you like it!

Jane - Thanks so much! I'm glad you think so! Let me know how you like it!


Fiona McGier said...

I love zombie movies, especially Sean of the Dead! I gave my 3rd son a tee-shirt that says, "Zombie crossing, protective headgear advised", showing a corpse crossing the street! He loves it! I also gave him a romance story about 2 zombies who fall in love, wondering if their love for each other will be stronger than their love for brains. Will have to ask him to let me borrow it! But your book sounds very interesting! I'ma gonna click on that link right now...

Carol L. said...

Paige, this sounds awesome. Poor Drake :) Who would have thought a Zombie could be so sexy. The cover is amazing Paige. I'll definitely be checking out this book.
Carol L

Crystal Dee said...

I can't wait for more. Your husband was right. We know that readers don't mind dead heroes due to the success of vampire books.

Paige Tyler said...

Fiona - LOL! Too funny! If you pick up DEAD SEXY, let me know how you like it!

Carol - Thanks so much! If you pick it up, let me know how you like it!

Crystal - I so agree! I'm so glad he gave me the idea! If you pick it up, let me know how you like it!


Paige Tyler said...


KittyKelly! I'll send it to your email!

Congratulations and thanks to everyone who entered! Your comment made my day!

If you decide to pick up a copy of DEAD SEXY, totally email and let me know how you like it!